I just want to start by saying that I want Bianca to be my best friend. Like, how does this chick do it?! She goes from being a journalist to attending fancy sommelier galas where she rubs elbows with celebs and down thousands of bottles of wine. I need a tip or two from her.
Honestly, though, this was a great book. I’ll just say it now: I don’t really like wine. Or alcohol in general. I don’t like how it makes me feel or how it tastes, and I don’t get how people get all crazy over certain vineyards from certain years and blah blah blah. BUT, Bianca made me want to fly to France so I could go to a high-class Burgundy wine-tasting. Her writing style was so immersive and comical that I felt like I could take the certification test right alongside her.
My favorite parts were when she was describing her follies as she tried to navigate her new career path. She had me in tears when she attended a wine tasting and everyone was describing their wines as “straw” or “golden”, and she told them she brought a white wine. That would honestly be me…
I had to self-reflect at all of my social blunders over the years as I read about the things she was learning. For example, she learned you do not opening champagne by pointing the cork at whatever in the room is not breakable and hoping for the best. I was crying from laughter as I remembered my days as a wedding planner. I was working my first wedding, and had been sent down to the kitchen to grab more champagne for the bride while she got her hair done. I stood in the kitchen paralyzed with fear as I tried to assess which way to point the bottle. “Would the mother of the bride really notice if that ceramic rooster lost his head?” was going through my head right as a groomsmen stepped in and saved the day.
Oh, and the time at my own wedding when the sommelier offered me the cork for our bottle of wine? Turns out I wasn’t supposed to pocket that to go into my scrapbook. He was giving me the opportunity to refuse the bottle if the cork showed signs of an oxygen leak. Who knew?
If you want to learn a thing or two about wine, the lifestyle behind it, and get a good laugh, then I would highly recommend this book. Trust me, you don’t even need to remotely like wine to enjoy her story. Bianca isn’t snobby, and her ability to poke fun at herself and the job is what made Cork Dork so enjoyable.